AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

  • AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink



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If you have a serious surround sound or 2-channel audio setup, AudioQuest's high-performance Vodka OptiLink will provide a distortion-free connection between your digital audio components — CD players, Blu-ray or DVD players, satellite or cable TV boxes — to A/V receivers, DACs, and even some sound bars. Vodka uses 217 narrow-aperture synthetic fibers to carry the signal, which minimizes jitter (time-based distortion). The cable has full-size Toslink connectors at each end, reinforced by a brass ferrule, which helps ensure ideal light transmission for the highest quality sound.

Optical cables carry signals as pulses of light rather than a stream of electrons, so they are virtually impervious to magnetic or electrical interference. Whether you're feeding stereo music to a DAC or Dolby® Digital surround sound to your receiver, the optical cable is an important and often overlooked link in the signal chain. The quality of your cable matters.

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  • length: 1.5 meter (5 ft.)
  • low-jitter design
  • conductor is made up of 217 narrow-aperture synthetic fibers
  • full-size Toslink connectors with brass ferrule plugs for a snug, secure fit
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 5' (1.5m) Optical digital cable (terminated by toslink connectors on each end)

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Audioquest OptiLink-Vodka Series Optical Cable: Audioquest OptiLink-Vodka optical (toslink) cables feature 217 narrow-aperture synthetic fibers for its conductor in order to minimize signal loss and jitter (time-based distortion). Precision polished fiber ends also contribute to ideal light transmission and the highest quality sound. The conductor is surrounded by flexible black PVC with a black and blue nylon braid. Each connector has a clear plastic protector that should be removed before use. The plug is shaped so that it will only fit one way into the component's Toslink connector.

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5 out of 5

excellent cable

Written By Tom, Rochester NY on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I've never been a big fan of optical cables, always preferred RCA coax. But my NAD M51 DAC only has one input each, and I wasn't thrilled with the Cirrus DAC in my Marantz NA7004. I had a few AQ Cinnamon toslinks lying around, but decided to move up the chain a bit just out of curiosity. The Vodka is a HUGE improvement over the Cinnamons, very comparable to the VDM-5 RCA coax. Realized why I didn't like opticals previously, I just had the wrong cables :)
clear, crisp sound - good quality connectors
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